NIH Competition Awards Prizes For Audacious Ideas In Vision Research

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The National Institutes of Health has awarded prizes for audacious ideas in vision research to a number of investigators including our own Dr. Yingbin Fu at the Moran Eye Center.

A researcher at the John A. Moran Eye Center has been selected as one of 10 winners by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health.

Yingbin Fu, a Moran researcher and assistant professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at the University of Utah, is one of 10 winners of the Audacious Goals Challenge, a nationwide competition for compelling ideas to advance vision and science. Continue reading “NIH Competition Awards Prizes For Audacious Ideas In Vision Research”

Seminar: Melanopsin Signaling In The Eye

King-Wai Yau, Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University is delivering a seminar tomorrow, Tuesday, September 18th, 2012 at the Eccles Institute for Human Genetics here at the University of Utah.  Dr. Yau will be talking about Melanopsin Signaling In The Eye.

Abstract: The discovery of melanopsin signaling pathway in the eye was voted one of the top 10 breakthroughs of the year by Science in 2002.  Dr. Yau has made seminal contributions to this pathway and its role in non-image forming visual functions (e.g. circadian rhythm).  Dr. Yau will present recent exciting work from his lab regarding the transduction mechanism of melanopsin signaling.

The Moran Eye Center’s Yingbin Fu is hosting.

Notable Paper: Increased Expression of Multifunctional Serine Protease, HTRA1, in Retinal Pigment Epithelium Induces Polypoidal Choroidal Vasculopathy

Efforts to explore chromosome 10q26, a major candidate region associated with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) have proven difficult and controversial.  This particular region of interest is two neighboring genes, ARMS2 and HTRA1.  However, efforts in trying to explore the functional involvement of either HTRA1 or ARMS2 in AMD have proven to be difficult and have often yielded conflicting results.

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